The Ellender Memorial Library supports NSU’s mission to “commit itself to offering an excellent comprehensive education, including a majority of nationally accredited programs, that meets the needs of the communities it serves in south central Louisiana and beyond through teaching, research and service.” As part of that mission, the library aims to meet the needs of Distance Education students by meeting various Distance / Distributed Education support criteria defined by The Association of College and Research Libraries in 2008:
- Providing access to adequate library services and resources. Members of the distance learning community are entitled to library services and resources equivalent to those provided for students and faculty in traditional campus settings.
- Instilling lifelong learning skills through general bibliographic and information literacy instruction. The library attempts to meet this need through its web presence, e-mail contact, and phone contact.
- Providing highly personalized library services to offset the lack of daily contact that on-campus students receive.
- Providing funding for ready and equivalent library service and learning resources to all students, regardless of location.
- Acting as a liaison between the library and other complementary resource bases such as computing facilities, instructional media, and telecommunication centers.
- Assuring that distance learning library programs meet or exceed national and regional accreditation standards and professional association standards and guidelines, by conducting ongoing assessments and acting on those evaluations.
Information Delivery Services – from the Nicholls Library Collection to Online and Distant Learning Students and Faculty
Current Nicholls students and faculty  living outside of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes and not attending or teaching any class(es) on the Thibodaux Campus or  having a verified disability or extended illness that renders them house-bound may obtain many materials from the Library through the following information delivery services:
- A certain number of books and other tangible material available only in non-electronic format and for general twenty-one day circulation outside the Library will, on request of User Services and within or about twenty-four hours of receipt of such request (excluding weekends and holidays), be mailed each academic quarter without charge to the non-Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish or home-bound user at her/his non-Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish or home-bound residence, as follows –
• A total of 5 items per academic quarter to undergraduate students,
• 7 to graduate students, and
• 10 to faculty, for timely return to the Library at the user’s expense.
Once a book or other item has been charged out to a student or faculty member and placed in the Library’s out-going mail holding area, said user is as responsible for the safe-and-sound care and timely return of said item at the Library’s Circulation Desk (by carrier or in person) as he/she would be had he/she come to the Library and checked the item out in person.
- Articles available at the Library in print only will, on request of Access and Delivery Services, be forwarded by reply e-mail attachment(s) to the non-Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish or home-bound student or faculty member within or about twenty-four hours of receipt of the request (excluding weekends and holidays).
- Services for the delivery of books and articles are generally provided on a first-requested-first-served basis. However, when a user has on order at any time more than five items (books, articles, or a combination of both), her/his requests are filled five-at-a-time in order of receipt – with all then remaining requests, whenever received, being moved to the bottom of the items-requested queue … to work their way up to the top for service (again, first-five-requested only). In the application of this sharing-of-resources rule, orders including more than one article are counted as the lesser of two articles or a combined number of pages not in excess of 100 (or 3 articles or 150 pages, 4 articles or 200 pages, or 5 articles or 250 pages).
- Having ready access to the Library and its print materials, any non-homebound user living or frequently in Lafourche or Terrebonne Parish who requests and is sent books, articles, and other materials through this information delivery service shall be assessed and pay a full $20.00 per item processing-and-forwarding charge.
- The Educator’s Reference Desk Distance Education Guide
Includes links to articles, studies, and discussions.
This is the web’s best “virtual library,” hands down. Sites have already been evaluated.
- The Internet Public Library
This is similar to RefDesk, but is not as easy to use, as it uses the directory structure popularized by Yahoo. Sites have already been evaluated.
- The WWW Virtual Library
Sites arranged in a directory structure.
- Why Evaluate Websites?
Though this is not a virtual library, this site is an excellent introduction to the importance of website evaluation.